It's a good thing the Oak mega-sale is taking place in the Williamsburg locale. The allowance of natural light and layout of the store makes the whole occasion seem much more open and airy, even under an onslaught of hipster bargain-hunters intent on plundering deals of up to 85% off the boutique's designer overstock and in-house samples. The offerings for the ladies (menswear report coming soon) included great prices—some in the single digits—on apparel, plus shoes, accessories and really inexpensive jewelry.
The shoes start at just $5 (yes, $5!) Since the selection is completely random, but so nicely priced, we'd suggest making a quick first stop there. The best way to tackle this jumble of footwear is to look for your size and then see what awaits. We found Jacobies rattan wedge sandals in black and teal for $5, Jacobies pointy patent leather booties for $10, Jeffrey Campbell navy brogues for $20, and Vera Wang Lavender mid-calf boots for $40. We also saw piles of shoeboxes with labels like Pour le Victoire and Matt Bernson. The pricing seemed to top out around $130 for boots.
Clothes are mostly located in the back alcove area. The items that caught our eye: A Pleasure Principle black and white tie-dye one-shoulder dress ($120), a Unif oversize-grommeted maxi-skirt ($64), a Unif black embroidered lace mullet top ($44), Hyden Yoo mesh-knit cropped sweaters in grey, cream and black ($20), and a Standard Issue chunky knit infinity scarf ($25). We also love the deals on the Funktional rack: Neon yellow and pink silk tanks ($25), a body-con LBD with metal pin detail ($80), tweedy black and white cropped ankle-zip pants ($55) and best of all, an über-soft black leather moto jacket with subtle fringe detail ($130 and there were only two). We also came across the cropped denim moto jacket from the last sale, which was $40 then and now slashed to $20.
The ladies' denim is located on a table toward the front of the shop. Amongst the piles, we found skinny Acnes ($50 and $60), summer-weight Cheap Monday jeans ($20). and Ksubi mid-wash pairs ($60). As for accessories, definitely check out the $2 rings and bracelets. If the Fenton/Fallon sale was a bit too rich for your blood, get your knuckle duster fix on over here. We also perused the $5 scarves, $5 sunglasses and $60 The Gathering bags, which look and feel like leather but apparently are not (almost fooled us).
The sizing is completely random according to style and there isn't a set dressing area for fitting, so prepare accordingly. You all know the drill, but just in case, the sale is cash only. Also, everything is out on the floor. When we left this morning, there was already an excited crowd inside and a small line waiting in the foyer, so head over early for the best selection.
Dealfeed: Oak [Racked NY]
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